# If 40% of a number is 56, what was the original number?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 2, 2016

#### Answer:

Original number is

#### Explanation:

Any percent question can be done as a direct proportion.

In this case we have:

"If 56 represents 40%, how much is 100%?"

**Using equivalent fractions.....**

The original number was 140.

**Using cross-multiplying:**